By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas –Polk Audio’s first streaming tabletop speaker will be the first of about eight personal audio products planned in 2013 to incorporate a new “retro-futurist” design aesthetic whose craftsmanship will be designed to convey the company’s heritage in component speakers without looking old, company executives said.
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LAS VEGAS - Lenovo is also adding new convertible Ultrabook/tablet models to is consumer and business lines during CES this week.
The consumer IdeaPad Yoga 11s has an 11.6-inch display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam and an HDMI output.
Pricing should be in the $799 range and it will be available in grey an cotton candy pink.
LAS VEGAS – Sharp introduced here Monday 20 60-inch plus Aquos LED LCD TV models, more than half of which will incorporate the company’s proprietary Quattron quad-pixel technology.
The company is expanding its 60-, 70- and 80-inch screen-size offerings, with more feature selections and new slim cosmetic designs.
LAS VEGAS — Philips is expanding its selection of soundbars here at CES, where it is also launching a wireless multi-room-audio system that uses smartphones and PCs as music sources.
Two of the new soundbars are the company’s first with detachable speakers that can be used as battery-powered wireless surround speakers.
Other new audio products, designed and built by Philips but marketed in the U.S. by P&F USA, include a new premium Bluetooth speaker, an iPod/iPhone-docking nostalgia radio, and a transportable iPod-docking music system with DJ functions.
Las Vegas – Sharp’s audio group came to CES with four new active soundbars, its first portable audio system in years, and its first Apple-docking microsystem with Apple’s new 8-pin Lightning connector.
A quartet of new soundbars tops out with the $599-suggested HTSB-60 and opens with the $149-suggested HTSB-20.
LAS VEGAS – Pentax (Central Hall 15113) is presenting at International CES here a full range of digital cameras from ultra-compact point-and-shoots to advanced designer-styled DSLRs and mirrorless compacts.
Among the highlights of the point-and-shoot offerings is the MX-1 (shipping in February at a $500 suggested retail) advanced high performance camera featuring auto and manual control, retro styling design, a 4x (28mm-112mm) f1.8-2.5 lens and brass covers.
Las Vegas –D-Link will introduce two new routers at International CES.
The Gaming Router 5500L and the SharePort Go Plus travel router.
The Gaming Router 5500L, $269, has a Gigabit AC data transfer speed of up to 1.3GB per second in 802.11AC with another 450MB per second in 802.11N mode. The router features intelligent bandwidth allocation and comes with access to mydlink Cloud services.
LAS VEGAS – Canon is using International CES to introduce four Powershot point-&-shoot cameras highlighted by the new “N” compact model with advance WiFi connectivity.
In fact, two of the new models will employ WiFi to keep pace with imaging advances seen in the smartphone and a tablet arena.
The Powershot N and Elph 130IS are both Wi-Fi enabled and will easily link with smartphones and tablets to remote control the camera, and send and share images with friends and family without the need to connect to a PC.
LAS VEGAS — Amped Wireless will exhibit at International CES its line of long-range Wi-Fi solutions for mobile devices, gaming, digital entertainment, personal computing and networking, in booth 35506.
The product line includes the RTA15 high-power dual-band AC 700mW Wi-Fi router, the REA20 high-power dual-band AC 700mW Wi-Fi range extender and the ACA1 high-power dual-band AC Wi-Fi USB adapter. All products feature the latest 802.11ac wireless technology, new high-power amplifiers and high gain antennas for unprecedented Wi-Fi performance and range.
LAS VEGAS – Lenovo is introducing an entirely new class of computer called the Table PC and entering the gaming PC category at CES this year.
The company also rolled out new all-in-one PCs, a gaming desktop and new Ultrabooks.
Dubbed the IdeaCentre Horizon, the device is a computer centered on 27-inch 720p HD display that sits flat on a table and is meant to be used by families and groups, said Nick Reynolds, Lenovo’s director of worldwide consumer marketing. The Horizon is part of Lenovo’s “multi-user, multi-mode, multitouch” initiative.